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>>> right now at 6:00, all eyes on japan where the death toll has topped 10,000. two days after a 9.0 magnitude earthquake and killer tsunami. >>> millions of people are still without food, water and electricity. entire towns are destroyed. more than 180,000 people have evacuated the northeastern coast and hundreds scanned for radiation exposure as nuclear power plants may be on the verge of a meltdown. >>> tonight there are reports as many as 160 people in japan have been exposed to radiation. thanks for joining us at 6:00. i'm will thomas. >> and i'm maureen umeh. and residents from our area are touching down in japan to assist in the aftermath. >> the search and rescue team was mobilized on friday. they landed at 1:30 this morning. there are 74 team members, including doctors, engineers, firefighters and rescue dogs. the entire world is feeling the effects of the disaster in japan. the aftermath has been intensified by new problems with yet another nuclear facility. here is fox's adam housely with what is happening right now. >> reporter: fear growing in japan over a possible nuc
>> tonight, we're following the latest in the disaster in japan. the japanese government estimates the death toll could top 1,000. right now, the search continues for more than 600 missing people in the wake of the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in japan and the killer tsunami that followed. to make matters worse, an explosion at a nuclear plant has sparked fears of a possible nuclear meltdown. meantime, aid is pouring into japan from all over the world, including the united states. thanks for joining us at 6. i'm will thomas. >> i'm maureen umeh. the ravaged nation is beginning to grasp the scale of the devastating earthquake and tsunami. all eyes are on the nuclear power plant along the coast where an explosion destroyed the building and set potentially dangerous radiation eminating through the air. tens of thousands of people were evacuated. >> the japanese military is hard at work, rescuing trapped tsunami survivors. watch as people are plucked from the rooftops. >> survivors are rushing to nearby stores, waiting along the lines to stock up on food and water and aid has
tonight two units at japan's nuclear plant have cooled down enough to be declared under control. the small victory comes after days of pumping water into the fuel storage pools. as those two units cooled down, the pressure rose in a third reactor. the units began overheating and releasing radiation into the air after the tsunami disrupted the plants cooling system. as the world watches to see if the plantings into meltdown, there are concerns about the spent fuel rods. those contain higher levels of radiation than the nuclear reactors themselves. some scientists are saying this could have been for seen as a contingency plan put in place. while radiation is a carcinogen, it's hard to tell what health concerns could arise. >> the radiation today and yesterday into the area surrounding the fukushima nuclear power plant are lower than the radiation fields that were observed in the chernobyl accident at the same distances. >> nearly 80% of france's population relies on nuclear power. china announced a moratorium on new china plants. now there is renewed talks about trying to move away from nucl
up. we're back moment. in a moment.  and an update on the disaster in japan. heartbreaking images of mass burials of families of earthquake and tsunami victims laid them to rest. it's custom in japan to crimate the bodies of the dead, but crematoriums are struggling to keep up with the death toll about at about 10,000 centers are not operating because of a lack of fuel or electricity. meantime, the threat of food and water shortages and dangerous amounts of radiation still loom. fox's dominic donatelli has the latest. >> reporter: the united states military is pitching in with efforts to get crucial freshwater supplies to the north end of the island. the u.s. navy has sent two naval barges loaded with 525,000 gallons of fresh water. meanwhile, the air force has sent 500 tons of bottled water aboard six c-130s to sendai, the people are desperate to get their hands on uncontaminated water there. the u.s. forces in japan are based -- and 20 miles west of tokyo, home to 3,600 servicemen who feel as much wrapped up in this disaster as japan's citizens. >> our hear
or blackberry >>> fear of radiation in japan has now spread to the food chain. radiation in spinach in farms near the plant have now been high. and thousands of people are pouring into a stadium for shelter. >> radioactive id has now been discovered in tap pear here in tokyo. five other prefectures nearby. the japanese authorities say it is within safety levels. radioactive material has begun getting into the food chain. there has been one positive developments from attempts to cool the nuclear reactor. they have attached cables to the outside of the plant. this could be crucial because if they can power up the power systems, it could help cool those reactors. they'll first try to get the water pump working at the second reactor and move on to the other three remaining in danger of melting down. a japanese government spokesman says that there is now some stabilization at the stricken number 3 reactor. this is important in that this is the only lieu tone yum reactor at the plant and if that were to melt down, the danger of radiation exposure would increase considerably because it has a longer
>>> panic in japan as radiation levels inside a nuclear plant spikes. now workers have been evacuated as engineers struggle to stabilize the struggling complex. >>> thanks for joining us tonight at 6:30. i'm will thomas. >> and i'm maureen umeh. the radiation is 10 million times above normal as residents continue to recover from the earthquake and tsunami. >> after reporting a huge spike in radio activity with levels ten million times higher than normal, emergency workers fled the troubled reactor on sunday. airborne radiation measured four times the limit deemed safe by the government. officials say the numbers were so high that the worker measuring radiation levels withdrew before taking a second reading. it is not clear how long workers were exposed to the high levels of radiation or how long the levels at the plant had been that high. the news comes as officials acknowledge there was highly contaminated water in all four of the complex's most troubled reactors. >> i have counted over 1300 counts per second and it is normally 30. so it's sufficiently higher here. >> so we
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